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meme Beverley **** COMEDY

Full-on filth from Natasha Garth Marenghi's Fright Langridge

Knight Hunk

Screaming/y funny late-night


There are two things you need to

know about this late-night horror-

fast. The first; it’s not the least bit

frightening. The second; It's

hysterically funny. Garth

Marenghl, for those not familiar

with his work, Is a prolific horror

writer In the vein of James

Herbert. Shaun Hutson and the

like. He discusses the inspiration

behind one of his novels by taking

on the role of one of his creations,

a horror writer named Hack, and

dramatislng the events which led

him to a face-to-face

confrontation with the Fright

Knight. He is aided in this Journey

into madness and mirth by his two

trusty assistants, who appear in

various guises including Garth's PR

manager, assorted demons and

spirits, and other characters

pertaining to the tale. One of

these performers has great

difficulty keeping a straight face

during the show (and who can blame him?), but Marenghl himself manages admirably; his dead-pan delivery while uttering the most outrageously cheesy lines is nothing short of genius. The comic timing of all three performers is impeccable, and they ham their

Getting her kicks with porn, pills, pigs of men and polished kitchen units, Beverley’s not shy of sharing a few stories. She's an extrovert after all and, as we gradually suspect, desperately lonely and searching for fulfilment. This one-woman show, written and directed by Natasha Langridge is ridden like a wild steer by the vivacious Valerie Frances, who straps us to her debauched rollercoaster ride through women’s so-called ’liberation' to reveal that happiness is not a purchasable commodity. Granted it’s nothing new to say that a hedonistic life leads ultimately only to a degraded sense of self-worth, but never has it been so vibrantly explored. (Catherine Bromley) I Beverley (Fringe) Utopias Whores, Komedia O Southside (Venue 82) 667 2272, unti/27 Aug, 10.45pm, £7 (£5).


Gordon Grahame *ttt Acoustic country magic at Christies Well-placed in the strong country tradition north of the border, Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter Gordon Grahame plays acoustic versions of his latest material to an intimate and attentive crowd.

So attentive in fact is the audience that during the more sombre numbers some downright rude members of the audience are chastised at the front of the crowd, a good indication that Grahame is in strong command of the room. At ease with his whisky near at hand and graced with inspired

movements. (Tim Abrahams)

I Secrets Unveiled: The Passion Of Bellydance (Fringe) Troupe Dhyanis, The Garage (Venue 87) 22 i 9009, until 28 Aug, 17.30pm, £9 (£8).

own own clothing line: Divine Design Goddesswear), but the choreography is a refined blend of Middle Eastern and modern

songwriting talent, he alternates between toe-tapping, rip-roaring belters and delicate ballads that recall the bittersweet beauty of Chris , Isaacs. (Catherine Bromley) I Gordon Grahame (Fringe) WJ. Christies (Venue 706) 227 7099, until 26 Aug, 70.30pm, £3.

MUSIC Bruce Mathiske - The Guitar Sensation **** Instinctive and impressive guitar work This softly spoken Aussie really is a guitar sensation. Simultaneously playing bass, rhythm and melody, his fingers span as wide as the Golden Gate Bridge. His harmonics trip like dew-Spangled fairies and he imitates a 505 rock ’n' roll bass, or a harp,



Unveiled: The

Passion Of

Be" dance

** *

Bel/y good

As Dhyanis kicks off

by listing to us the virtues of this

ancient art in her calming Californian

tones ('Bellydancing relieves tension

headaches and menstrual cramps’),

you wonder whether you are

about to witness another

folk tradition

rendered banal by

the New Age. These fears

“Maw .

occasionally at the same time.

are totally X Unfortunately, the lighting’s unfounded " crap, and Bruce really should though, just let his fingers do the

talking. But his numbers

include a tenderly vicious 'Eleanor Rigby’; an ironically

melancholic ‘What A Wonderful

‘1’. World'; Ouadrophenia meets

flamenco; and his own original

because this is a great show performed by eight women whose passionate performances convince you with their straightforward honesty. Not only are the costumes superb (Dhyanis has her

Garth Merenghl goes for mirth over murder here

roles up for all they’re worth. You will be screaming during this show, but it will be with laughter rather than terror. (Kirsty Knaggs)

Garth Marenghi’s Fright Knight (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 11pm, £5-£7.

compositions combine major and minor to spine-tingling effect.

(Gabe Stewart)

| Bruce Mathiske (Fringe) C (Venue 34) 225 5205, until 27 Aug, 10.20pm, £7.50 (£5.50).


The Cuban Brothers - Good Morning Havana **** The Latin lotharios give a ’touching’ performance

It is difficult to convey what makes The Cuban Brothers so pant-dampenineg funny. Their cabaret act consists of a live DJ playing funk and soul, unique renditions of well-known songs, some truly awesome breakdancing, and a ’live' satellite link-up with Havana. A bizarre, even slapdash mixture, but it works.

However, all this combined with their dazzling array of utterly ridiculous outfits (peach-coloured towelling shorts and white plimsolls anyone7), drawn-on sideburns and ridiculous accents is not the main reason why the Latin lotharios are so amusing. it is the fact that beneath all the layers of cheese there is more than a modicum of talent and wit. Do as they say: touch yourself. (Dawn Kofie)

I The Cuban Brothers - Good Morning Havana (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 36) 226 2157, until 27 Aug, midnight, £8/f 9.

STAR RATINGS HM at it Unmlssable *vak Very ood it e * Wort a shot a it Below average it You've been warned

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